Youth Formation

The Children’s Gathering on the Square

The Children’s Gathering on the Square is a partnership between the Cathedral of St. Andrew and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma Street. Programs meet in rooms at the back of St. Peter’s Parish Hall.

Classes and Activities

For children in pre-school through grade 4:
The Godly Play* program is appropriate for children who are curious about bible stories they hear in church. It meets weekly in “The Loft from approximately 9 am to 10 am on Sunday mornings.”

Older children are welcome to assist as teachers’ aides with either group.

For more information regarding either program, contact Beth Young 808-236-2333.

About Godly Play

Godly Play is based on the teachings and writings of Jerome W. Berryman, including Godly Play: An Imaginative Approach to Religious Education and other works.

This approach provides the tools for children’s journeys of faith: its space is inviting, and creates mystery and wonder. We are visually reminded it is a holy space. It invites touching things, yet it is clear there is something reverential about them. It is a quiet space that facilitates prayer and contemplation.

Godly Play can be a transformative experience for everyone involved, whatever their ages. We are lucky to have this program in partnership with St. Peter’s as the foundation of our Children’s Ministries at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

To learn more: In-Depth Look at Godly Play

photo: two boys engaged in Godly Play Work

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Godly Play, April, 2019 photo: two boys engaged in Godly Play Work

April 7: Faces of Easter: Jesus offers the Bread and Wine
Today we will share a meal with Jesus and his closest friends. Jesus will tell his friends what is about to happen. He will teach how he will be with them even when he is not physically present. We will learn how to remember him. Jesus’ friends do not fully understand what he is saying. One of his friends is about to betray him. Can you imagine the confusion? I wonder what Jesus was feeling? Would you like to have been in this room with these people?

April 14: The “Drama” of Holy Week
Today is Palm Sunday, and the people in the Godly Play room will relive the events of the day by using a child’s version of the Stations of the Cross. We will “be there when they nail him to the cross.” The day begins with celebration and ends in death. What will come from this?

April 21: Easter Day no gathering

April 28: Jesus in a New Way “Known In Absence”
Easter is such a big mystery and so amazing that it cannot be contained in just one Sunday. It spills over into six more weeks we call Eastertide. Today we begin our journey through Easter to Pentecost. Today, we remember how the “three Marys” were the first to go to the tomb, looking to care for Jesus’ body. The tomb was empty. Wonder with your child how ... More…

Godly Play, March 2019

March 3: Parable of the Deep Well
Today we will hear an unfamiliar parable. It is not a parable of Jesus. It comes to us from the traditions of the rabbis. It is an attempt to embrace the deep meaning of all parables and what we can learn from them.

March 10: The Mystery of Easter
On this first Sunday in Lent, we are to reminded a change is coming. Our ‘story’ is a puzzle of 6 pieces that form the shape of a cross. It is purple on one side, the color of waiting, royalty, and seriousness. On the other side, it is white, the color of pure celebration! That is the paradox of the season – it is both serious and somber but promises pure celebration in resurrection.

March 17 Faces of Easter – Jesus’ birth and Jesus gets lost
Today we will hear the first of a series of stories called “The Faces of Easter”. These stories will help us learn about Jesus’ life and ministry. We hear in our first story of the birth of a baby, born to be a king, but not the kind of king that the people were expecting. We will also hear about how human Jesus and his family were. As a boy, Jesus left his parents not knowing where he was. His parents were frantic, and his response to them was surprising.

March 24: Faces of Easter – Jesus’ baptism  and his time ... More…

Godly Play, February 2019

February 3: Parable of the Good Samaritan

Today’s story was the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Parables are the closest thing we have to the actual words of Jesus. In our time together today, we heard the story and wondered why a Samaritan man (whose people who distrusted and disliked the Jews) would stop and help an injured Jewish man.

February 10: Parable of the Great Pearl

This is another story Jesus told about what the kingdom of heaven is like. Jesus tells about a pearl merchant as he searches for “the Great Pearl”.  When he finds it, the merchant exchanges all that he possesses in order to have “the Great Pearl”. In this way we learn that we need to be willing to exchange everything earthly to gain everything heavenly.

February 17: Parable of the Mustard Seed

We hear the Parable of the Mustard Seed today. Mustard seeds are very tiny seeds! Yet from these tiny seeds a plant can grow large enough to give great service. Just think of the great power contained in that tiny seed of faith!

February 24: Parable of the Sower

Many people think they understand this parable. If you put seeds in good soil they grow, right? Thorny soil is problematic, rocky soil is nearly impossible and tossing the seeds on top of the soil make seeds into bird food! Jesus reminds us in the telling of this parable that seeds “can” grow anywhere. What is the seed ... More…

Godly Play, January, 2019

January 6 Epiphany “Star Party” The Magi’s Gifts
Today we will will hear of the of the gifts given to the Christ Child by the Magi and will have a “Starry” Celebration to close the season of Christmas.

January 13 Jesus’ Baptism
This Sunday we learn the Story of Baptism. In our Episcopal tradition, Holy Baptism by water and the Holy Spirit, is full initiation into the Church. People are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. We invited the children to remember the day of their baptism (or look forward to it) as we light candles from the Christ candle.

January 20 Parable of Parables
“What’s really inside a parable?” We will use a series of nesting boxes to begin to understand what a parable really is and why Jesus offered them to us. We learned together how words that were “just right” for one generation, needed to be changed to “fit” the next. Parables have been told and retold over hundreds and hundreds of generations since Jesus shared them with us.

January 27 Parable of the Good Shepherd
Today we hear the familiar Parable of the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd knows each of his sheep by name and they know the sound of his voice. While he shows the sheep the way to the good green grass and the cool, clear water, he also goes wherever he must when they ... More…

Godly Play, December, 2018

December 2 Advent 2 (the Holy Family)
On this Sunday we light another candle, revisit the story of last week and hear the story of the Holy Family and their long, uncomfortable trip to Bethlehem. Mary was heavy with a baby inside her and Joseph helped her as best he could. (They were the last people to arrive in Bethlehem that night).

December 9 Advent 3 (the Shepherds)
This week we light yet another candle, this time a rose colored one. We hear the story of angels and their announcement to the shepherds on that night.The shepherds were told to go into Bethlehem, the savior had been born. Imagine the shepherds surprise! Do you think they hesitated before they obeyed the angels?

December 16 Advent 4 (the Magi)
Today the last of the fourth candle is set ablaze. We hear the story of the Three Magi who knew all the stars in the sky. When they saw a “wild star” they knew they had to follow it. Thus they began their long journey into mystery.

December 23 no lesson. Special Christmas Eve program!

December 25 (Tuesday) Christmas Day!
This is the day the white fifth candle on an Advent wreath may be lit in celebration of Jesus birth.
(Tradition suggests that all five of the candles on the wreath can be briefly lighted
daily until the day of Epiphany.)

December 30 no formal lesson
Prepare for the “Star Party” next week!